A web application that would allow international parents and prospective students to stay current with American boarding schools took the top prize in eighth annual Elevator Competition at Culver Academies.
Sponsored by The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur, the competition gave eight students three minutes (the average time of a ride in an elevator) to pitch their business proposal to two entrepreneurs. Serving as judges were Dawn Minus Brockey ’98, founder of the Culver Coffer Company, and Mark Roesler, founder and chairman of CMG Worldwide, based in Indianapolis.
Second-Classman Ziyang (Charles) Zhang’s (Shanghia, China) proposal offers translation services of important pieces of information for boarding schools took first place. Zhang has already been in contact with several schools across the country, including Culver, Western Reserve Academy, Lake Forest Academy, Governor’s Academy, and Stevenson School.
The service would allow international parents to stay current with information from the schools and allow prospective students and parents to receive accurate information in their preferred language. Some of this information is already being translated using WeChat, a Chinese text and voice messaging service, he said. Zhang receive a Mircosoft Surface Pro 4 for taking first.
Second-classman Augusto DeOtaduy (Baja California, Mexico), whose pitch was a web-based service that would allow people to reserve boats of any size in various locations, was the runner-up. The service would be similar to reserving hotel rooms or renting cars, allowing people to compare prices and the types of boats available in the area they selected. He received an iPad Air as his prize.
The second runner-up was Anuj Devatha ’17 (Springfield, Ohio) and third runner-up was Hannah Luo ’19 (Canton, Mich.). Both received $50 gift certificates to the Rubin Cafe. The other participants Helen Johnston ’18 (Park City, Utah), Andrian Juraidini ’17 (Naucalpan, Mexico), Josh Thompkins ’16 (Valparaiso, Ind.), and Lauryn Walker ’19 (Fishers, Ind.), received $25 Rubin Café gift certificates.